Good morning, Eagles fans! The Eagles will take the practice field for the first time this week today at the NovaCare Complex and speak with the media after at 3:30 p.m. Head coach Doug Pederson will speak with the media at 10:45 a.m. and quarterback Carson Wentz will answer questions at 12:05 p.m. Here's what you need to know in today's Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft leading off with these inspirational words from No. 11 himself on this Wentz Day.
UPDATE: Wentz will not speak to reporters on Wednesday as he is not practicing due to a back injury.
1. "Who Are The Philadelphia Eagles?"
Only the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Cavaliers were searched more by Americans. The Eagles were also the most searched team in the NFL with the second most being the Cleveland Browns at No. 8 in the top-10 list.
Thank you, Eagles fans for making us a pretty big deal.
2. Can The Eagles Stop Todd Gurley?
The Eagles will face one of the top scoring offenses in the league on Sunday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. The Rams' offense averages 32.7 points per game, ranks third in net offensive yards, and fifth in both rushing and passing yards.
Quarterback Jared Goff is having a terrific third NFL season but he is is prone to turnovers if the Eagles' front can get to him. That will be a priority. But the Eagles will also have to face MVP candidate Todd Gurley who has 1,203 rushing yards with 15 rushing touchdowns. He also adds 49 receptions for 504 yards and four touchdowns. He will be a tremendous challenge for an Eagles defense that has struggled with players like Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley.
And on top of that, as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz explained in his press conference Tuesday, you never know what the Rams will throw at you with their versatility and ability to substitute. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro has more on the challenge the Eagles' defense will face.
"All their guys are sort of interchangeable," Schwartz said. "They can use their tight ends as wide receivers. You'll see their wide receivers line up in block, sort of like tight ends would. You'll see them close to the offensive tackle. Not many teams you see wide receivers stay in the protection and protect; the Rams do. So even though they're in one personnel group, it really plays like four different personnel groups for them because of the interchangeable – all their tight ends can be a wideout; most of their wideouts can be a tight end; the running back can be a wide receiver, he can be a running back, and he can also line up in some tight end positions in some of their empty stuff."
3. Groh Goes Back To 2016
In his press conference yesterday, offensive coordinator Mike Groh provided some insight of his own on what makes the Rams' offense such a threat. As the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach in Los Angeles for the 2016 season, he worked closely with both Goff and Gurley and knows the work ethic they possess as well as the threat they each pose.
Groh also previewed what the Eagles will have to overcome on offense when facing one of the best interior linemen tandems in the league. Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aaron Donald has been incredibly dominant while Ndamukong Suh has put together an impressive season of his own. The Rams' offense gets most of the glory but don't sleep on their defense:
"Yeah, what do you think?" said Groh when asked if Donald and Suh are where it starts for the Rams' defense. "Yeah, they get your attention pretty quickly. They're really talented up front and very disruptive. They're worthy of all the praise they've gotten."
4. Roster Moves
The Eagles announced the signing yesterday of running back Boston Scott. The 5-6, 203-pound rookie out of Louisiana Tech was signed from the New Orleans Saints' practice squad to the Eagles' active roster. The last time the Eagles took a 5-6 rusher from the Saints in Darren Sproles, it worked out pretty well.
The Eagles also signed free agent defensive end Daeshon Hall. The 6-6, 275-pound edge rusher was a third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2017 out of Texas A&M. In corresponding moves, the Eagles placed running back Corey Clement and defensive end Josh Sweat on Injured reserve. Chris McPherson has more on the recent moves:
Scott was a sixth-round draft pick of the Saints, expected to serve as the third back behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. He had 25 carries for 121 yards (4.8 yards per carry average) and a touchdown – which coincidentally came against the Rams – in the preseason. He also earned reps as both a punt and kick returner.
The Eagles helped launch the Variety 2018 Holiday Gift Wrap Shop at Liberty Place. Check out the best photos from the event.
5. Eagles Stay Green
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Philadelphia Eagles announced yesterday that Lincoln Financial Field has become LEED Gold certified. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The Linc was awarded for implementing practical and measurable strategies for energy efficiency, water saving, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable site development. Fans can read the details of the [Eagles' environmental efforts](The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Philadelphia Eagles announced yesterday that Lincoln Financial Field has become LEED Gold certified. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The Linc was awarded for implementing practical and measurable strategies for energy efficiency, water saving, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable site development. Fans can read the details of the Eagles' environmental efforts here) at their home stadium here:
"The work of innovative building projects such as Lincoln Financial Field is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, designed and operated," said Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC President and CEO. "Buildings that achieve LEED certiﬁcation are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices. Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field, we are increasing the number of green buildings and getting closer to USGBC's goal to outpace conventional buildings, while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving the quality of life for generations to come."